This week, Bruiser Queen drops a new album, Stonechat plays its last show and St. Louis gets visits from several out-of-town, out-of-this-world performers. Select from shows including J Mascis, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Macabre, Chance the Rapper and more. Read on for this week's recommend ... More >>
Band shirts used to be a way to easily identify other members of your tribe. It was a method of claiming allegiance without saying a word, a way to help find other like-minded people. People wore their love on their sleeves, quite literally. Back in the day you couldn't just creep on somebody's Face ... More >>
LouFest pre-sale tickets will be available today through the event's fancy, newly-launched official website. These early-release tickets will be $50 for the full weekend, as opposed to the $75 tickets to be released in May, or the $95 full-price tickets that will be available when those sell out.
Spring has sprung (supposedly)! Celebrate by checking out the spry variety of shows going on this week. There's plenty to see, including an assortment of traveling acts such as Useless Eaters, Night Birds, Deerhoof and Hot 8 Brass Band. Get hopped up on all that leftover Easter candy and see what re ... More >>
Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us (also the end of the world, if you believe in that sort of thing), so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! When I write articl ... More >>
With the beginning of the show pushed back a half hour due to their late arrival, Swans took the stage about 10:30 p.m.. Frontman Michael Gira did not disappoint. Per tradition for Swans shows, the air conditioning was shut off at The Firebird for the duration of the performance, and the venue began ... More >>
LouFest 2012 has come and gone, and we have spilled one or two thousand words in the service of telling you our thoughts. But we are but one editorial entity, and there are no shortage of opinions out there. So we collected a few from the locals and visitors alike spending their weekends in Forest P ... More >>
17. Twenty-Five Percent of the Girl Talk Crowd Girl Talk only makes sense -- and I do mean only -- if you are dancing. Otherwise it's just your very pop-savvy friend's iTunes playlist on schizophrenic overdrive. So kudos to those bumping various body parts and whipping around beach balls -- there w ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr LouFest 2012: Orange Stage Saturday, August 25 The Dinosaur Jr diehards moved in as soon as the Son Volt crowd moved out. Claiming rib-bruising spots against the metal crowd-control fence, they stood patiently -- prepared to wait out Phantogram's electro-beeps blazing in the distance fr ... More >>
LouFest is a little more than a week away. There are many reasons to look forward to our city's indie music Super Bowl, now in its third year: the Euclid pop-up store, the local food, the gorgeous setting, the sense of well-being derived from minimizing one's carbon footprint. But ultimately, of cou ... More >>
You can actually comfortably go outside today! The temperatures are supposed to be in the 80s. It's been so damn oppressively damn hot this whole damn summer that this respite, however brief, is newsworthy on even a music blog. My massively overtaxed air conditioner is assuredly on its last leg, but ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, August 15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Wild Nothing has just been announced as a late addition to the LouFest lineup. The pop band -- and musical moniker of Brooklyn's Jack Tatum -- joins Girl Talk, the Flaming Lips, Phantogram, Dinosaur Jr., Son Volt and more on the bill for the annual fest in Forest Park. This year's installment is com ... More >>
Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print n ... More >>
About twenty years ago, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore asked his friend, filmmaker Dave Markey, to document the band's short European tour, including its performance at the massive Reading Festival. Markey (best known for his underground classic Desperate Teenage Lovedolls) left with his passp ... More >>
Warm Jets USA
(Cheap Guitar Records)
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below. Post delayed a day due to server issues!) Apocalyptica 7th Symphony*Apocalyptica, 7th Symphony Stream Apocalyptica's seventh album, which features guest voca ... More >>
(Lou Barlow at the Pageant in October, by Jason Stoff. More photos here.) Among the many show announcements today, Off Broadway slipped a few notable ones into the mix. First, on Sunday, August 22, Lou Barlow (who was great opening for and playing with Dinosaur Jr last year, as well as a funny inter ... More >>
(Are you in a local band? Are you new-ish? You should email me and tell me about yourself. Like a job interview, only with not as much pressure. Seriously.) www.myspace.com/flamingdeathtrapragesThe other day, a member of the band Flaming Death Trap dropped me a line about his band's gig open ... More >>
King Khan & BBQ Show Where: Off Broadway Playing With: Those Darlins, Jesse Irwin Sounds Like: What Keegan Hamilton said here and here. RIYL: Chuck Berry, Black Flag, psych-rock/garage-soul MP3: King Khan & BBQ Show, "Third Ave."
*Lou Barlow had some nice things to say about St. Louis and his KDHX session on a tour blog on Paste Magazine's website. Check it out! (H/T to 5 Score Pachyderm) He opened for Dinosaur Jr.*The blog Turntabling.net went on a pilgrimage to record stores around the country in recent weeks. They stopped ... More >>
The signs on the doors of the Pageant box office and entrances said it all: "Earplugs are available for purchase at the bar and soda areas." The occasion? Dinosaur Jr. was in town last night, and the band is notorious for being loud. How loud? Well, friends who saw the trio's show in Columbia a few ... More >>
The Shaky Hands The Shaky Hands Where: The Firebird With: The Mhurs Sounds Like: "If Mott the Hoople and Dr. Dog had a baby, it would be called Tom the Poodle, and it would sound like the Shaky Hands. The Portland band's no-frills, all-boogie presentation reclaims the spirit of the blues-jamm ... More >>
Eric Fermin Perez Lou Barlow has indie cred out the ass. As the bass player for Dinosaur Jr (which is playing at the Pageant on Wednesday, October 14), Barlow (alongside guitarist J Mascis and drummer Murph) has been at the forefront of the "alternative" scene since the early '80s. And if p ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, October 14. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Here's some cool news to wake up to on a Saturday: Canadian darlings Japandroids, who recently released an album on Polyvinyl called Post-Nothing, are coming through St. Louis on Friday, November 20, at the Billiken Club. Grungy chords, unhinged vocals and fuzz-coated melodies -- hell, it'll be the ... More >>
Almost forgot about this one: Olympia, Washington's Gun Outfit -- whose influences include Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and SST bands -- will be playing at new venue Antarctica (5226 Gravois) on Sunday night. Cardiac Arrest and Worm Hands are also on the bill. Show at 9 p.m., admission $6.MP3: Gun ... More >>
Every Monday, A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Vintage Vinyl 1. WILCO: Wilco (The Album) 2. MICHAEL JACKSON: Thriller 3. MICHA ... More >>
Every Monday, A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. REGINA SPEKTOR: Far 2. DINOSAUR JR.: Farm* 3. ELVIS COSTELLO: ... More >>
Gee, ask and ye shall receive: Dinosaur Jr is confirmed to play the Pageant on Wednesday, October 14. Tickets go on sale July 10. All info TBA. HUZZAH! Farm is out June 23.
Let's just all give in to the fact that the '90s are back. Urban Outfitters is again selling flowered Doc Martens. Dinosaur Jr's upcoming new LP, Farm, is pretty g-damn fantastic. And a Britpop totem finally set aside its differences and reunited as a quartet over the weekend: Blur. The act is playi ... More >>
Still trying to get my bearings this week, so I figured I'd toss up a few new MP3s available on the web. Neither of these bands have tour dates scheduled in town -- and really, I'm about ready to start passing the hat for Dinosaur Jr. to finally get here -- but these new tunes should satisfy.Up firs ... More >>
Sheesh, as if having the Ting-Tings in town on April 3 isn't enough, two other cool shows have just been announced for the same date. Earlier this week, the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center announced that Megafaun (a folkish group with ties to Bon Iver -- the band members played with Justin Vernon in t ... More >>
From Dinosaur Jr.'s performance on Sunday night at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois. J. Mascis. More photos after the jump.
Beyond (Fat Possum)
9 p.m. Friday, January 26. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
Tuesday, October 18; Frederick's Music Lounge (4454 Chippewa Street)
You're Living All Over Me
We chat with Professor Skank and one part of Bettie Serveert
Wednesday, May 7; Savvis Center
Monday, March 26; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room.
Saturday, Sept. 11; Side Door